Court Directs Bissue To Proceed With Triable Issues Against OSP
The Human Rights Court 2 has set November 3, 2023 to hear an application for the enforcement of a Human Rights abuse case filed by embattled former Secretary to the Inter – Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Charles Bissue(IMCIM).
This is after the Office of the Special Prosecutor OSP failed to file an affidavit in response to Mr. Bissue’s case.
It has been some thirty – six (36) days since Charles Bissue’s notice was served on the OSP.
The Court presided over by Justice Nicholas Mensah Abodakpi, explained the OSP ought to have responded to the notice within 21 days after it was served.
Lawyer for Charles Bissue Nana Baffour Awuah filed the case on June 14, 2023. Motion for the case was moved on June 22, 2023 and subsequently adjourned to July 21, 2023.
Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah argued in the application that per L.I 2374 “a person appearing before the Special Prosecutor to respond to a compliant shall be; (I) informed of the particulars of the complaint and, (ii) be afforded a full opportunity to respond to the complaint.”
He averred that the OSP violated this provision and the fundamental human rights of Mr Bissue when it “purportedly” secured an arrest warrant, and subsequently declared his client, “Wanted.”
He stressed that there were pending applications before the Court which had implications on any attempt by the OSP to open or proceed with an investigation on Mr. Bissue in respect of his activities at the dissolved Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.
Beside this new application, is another application for an order for a judicial review filed ( filed against the OSP, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and Tiger Eye P.I in respect of the Galamsey Fraud Part 1 documentary) at the Accra High Court on June 2, 2023.